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Latin America and the Caribbean
Social Grant Programme (Programa Beca Social) (2018-)

 

 

Date: (2018-)
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: The program aims to facilitate access, continuity and permanence in formal education, training and formal labor market, through: middle and higher education, productive training and employability of adolescents, youth and adults in poverty or extreme poverty situation from rural or urban areas of the country. Through monetary transferences, grants will be delivered by banking channels and subject to compliance of co-responsibilities by the participants of the program.
   

Characteristics

Target population: Social Grant Program is aimed to population living in poverty or extreme poverty situation from rural or urban areas in the country, that are between the following ages: Middle Education Social Grant for adolescents and youth aged 11 to 24; Higher Education Social Grant, aims to youth aged 16 to 28; First Job Social Grant addressed to youth aged 18 to 25; and Artisan Social Grant to elderly, preferably women.
Area of intervention: Technical and professional training
Remedial education (Leveling studies)
Support to self-employed work
Indirect job creation
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: Categorical Direct means test
Instrument of selection: Application form for Benefit in a Social Program
   

Institutionality

Legal framework: Ministerial Agreement N. 151-2018
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Social Development
Executing organization(s): Ministry of Social Development
Source of funding: Government of Guatemala
   

1) First Job Social Grant

Recipient(s): Adolescents and youth aged 16 to 25 from rural or urban areas, living in poverty or extreme poverty situation and unemployment
Mode of delivery: Bank transfer
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct Participant
Conditionalities: A Letter of Commitment is signed at the beginning of the program,
Sanctions: The grant will be withdrawn when the user does not comply with the co-responsibilities
Comments: The monetary transfer will be delivered for a maximum of 5 unpostponable months
Description: The program aims to promote integration into formal labor market of adolescents and youth aged 16 to 25 from urban and rural areas, living in poverty situation, extreme poverty and unemployment, through the temporary hiring as apprentices for 5 months. The employer will pay an equivalent of 40% of the minimum wage in force in the country, plus an incentive bonus of Q.250 to the apprentice, who also receives a monetary transference part of the program.
Amount : Up to Q.2.000

 

2) Middle Education Social Grant

Recipient(s): Adolescents and youth aged 11 to 24 from urban or rural areas who, due their situation of poverty or extreme poverty, have limitations for the permanence and continuity of studies at a middle educational level
Mode of delivery: Bank transfer
Periodicity of delivery: Annual
Recipient of the transfer: Direct Participant
Conditionalities: Attendance to courses for a minimum of 80% during the academic cycle
Approve the school year, being user of the program
Submit all required documentation within the period established by the program
Update data at least once a year
Sanctions: The grant will be withdrawn when the user does not comply with the co-responsibilities
Description: Promote the permanence and continuity of adolescents and youth so that they could finish their studies at a middle educational level, in order to support their studies in public or private institutions recognized for the Ministry of Education.
Amount : Up to Q.2.500

 

3) Higher Education Social Grant

Recipient(s): Youth aged 16 to 28 from urban or rural areas who, due their situation of poverty or extreme poverty, have limitations for the permanence and continuity of studies at a superior school level
Mode of delivery: Bank transfer
Periodicity of delivery: Annual
Recipient of the transfer: Direct Participant
Conditionalities: Submit document certifying course assignment, attendance control and approved courses
Sanctions: The grant will be withdrawn when the user does not comply with the co-responsibilities
Description: Promote the permanency and continuity of adolescents and youth so that they finish their studies of higher education in national universities.
Amount : Up to Q.2.500

 

4) Craftspersons Social Grant

Recipient(s): Persons of legal age, preferable women in a situation of poverty or extreme poverty and labor informality from rural and urban areas who possess skills for the elaboration of handicrafts or several craft.
Mode of delivery: Bank transfer
Periodicity of delivery: Annual
Recipient of the transfer: Direct Participant
Conditionalities: Attendance to trainings for a minimum of 80% Present a sample of the elaborate product
Sanctions: The grant will be withdrawn when the user does not comply with the co-responsibilities
Description: The objective of the program is to strengthen and develop people's skills through training in handcrafted products in order to improve their incomes and share business contacts, to promote their products in the market, with the support of public and private institutions, international cooperation agencies and non-governmental organizations
Amount : Up to Q.1.200

 

 

 

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